First, off, it’s Halloween week, which always makes me giddy with excitement. If I was a better person I’d hunt up some photos of myself in Halloween costumes from my childhood – I always had the best costumes, especially the three years in a row I was Maid Marian (I always liked the 1938 movie best, although Olivia de Havilland had some seriously scary hats.)
I was so excited when the call for submission for this book went up. Firstly; Hitchcock movies! Secondly; Fashion in Hitchcock movies!
Rebecca was one of the only movies my grandparents had at their house growing up and my cousins and I watched it over . . . and over . . . and over again, on a pretty steady rotation with their other movie, Charade. I’m sure we were too young for both of them, but they were the only options.
In fifth grade we lived in a tiny apartment briefly, and one night at about 1:00 in the morning my brother and I snuck out of our bunk beds and watched The Birds on cable. I have no idea if we were looking for it or if it was just on, all I remember is that we had the sound down so low (so we wouldn’t wake my parents) that we were kneeling about 18″ from the screen in order to hear. Watching that movie, crouched in the dark, was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. If you ask my brother about it, he will deny his own terror, but believe me; he is lying.
I didn’t end up seeing Rear Window until college, but I think it’s my favorite of all the Hitchcock I’ve seen. The set is just so amazingly beautiful, and by then I was taking classes in the costume department, so I fell hard for Grace Kelly . . . and her clothes. As much as I love the movie though, it aggravates me no end. Jimmy Stewart is such a misogynist jerk the whole time! He was basically my third grandfather growing up (we watched a lot of old movies) and I felt personally betrayed.
When the Call went out I knew I wanted to knit something for Laura. I love the scene when she climbs the fire escape and breaks into Perry Mason’s apartment wearing a tea-length dress and heels, but thought that it wasn’t really a practical outfit for burgling. When I break and enter, I’m much more comfortable in a nice sweater with elbow sleeves that won’t catch when I wrap a towel over my hand to smash a window, and maybe some pedal pushers and Converse for all of the traipsing up and down fire escapes.
And thus, Not Your Gal Friday was born. She is knit in Old Maiden Aunt Merino/Cashmere/Nylon, which is right up there with the nicest yarns in the world. One of the things I love about Cooperative Press is their dedication to providing directions for plus sizes, and Friday comes in 8 sizes, up to a 4X.
And because I’m like that, the pattern is written to hide the jogs for the stripes.
It’s a pretty great book. There are 29 patterns inside: hats, mitts, sweaters, shawls, and a very sexy pair of knee high socks. All of the designers added a few sentences about our introduction to Hitchcock or our individual inspiration, and that was probably my favorite part when we were reading through the proofs to check our patterns.
Leave a comment on this post telling me either your favorite Hitch movie, or the pattern you most want to knit from this book by Friday, November 1st, at midnight, and I’ll draw a name out of a hat and some lucky knitter will win a free digital copy of the whole thing!
For more from the designers, you can check out the blog tour by following these links:
9/28/2013: Sunset Cat Designs
10/5/2013: Knitting Kninja
10/8/2013: Knit and Travel
10/9/2013: Knit & Knag Designs
10/10/2013: Wooly Wonka Fibers
10/11/2013: Verdant Gryphon
10/15/2013: Impeccable Knits: Shifting Stitches
10/21/2013: Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
10/22/2013: Peacefully Knitting
10/23/2013: Dark Matter Knits
10/24/2013: Turnknit: Dani Berg Designs
10/25/2013: SweetGeorgia Yarns
10/28/2013: doviejay knits
10/29/2013: Triona Designs
10/30/2013: Tactile Fiber Arts
11/4/2013: A Knitter’s Life
11/6/2013: Yarn On The House